13 days in Chicago & New York City Itinerary

13 days in Chicago & New York City Itinerary

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13 days in Chicago & New York City Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, contemplate the long history of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip planning site .

Bangkok, Thailand to Chicago is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Chicago is minus 13 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in December; daily highs in Chicago reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Highlights from your plan
Ragnarok Axe Throwing ©
Ragnarok Axe Throwing
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

6
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Central Park, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, go for a walk through Times Square, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chicago to New York City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect New York City to be a bit warmer, temps between 10°C and 2°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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